RS Components (RS) and Farnell element14 are celebrating cumulative sales total for Raspberry Pi products reaching 10 million units, cementing its position as the best-selling British computer ever. To celebrate this significant milestone, the Raspberry Pi Foundation held a special event at the House of Commons, hosted by Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital and Culture.
Both distributors have played a key role – from the beginning in February 2012 – in enabling the Raspberry Pi to reach the 10 million sales landmark. RS Components and Farnell element14 are also official manufacturers of the Raspberry Pi. During peak production, RS produces just short of 1400 boards per hour with manufacturing partner Sony at their factory in the UK.
Attending the event in London, Lindsley Ruth, Group Chief Executive at Electrocomponents, commented: “We are privileged to be a part of the phenomenal achievement that is Raspberry Pi. It has been a huge hit in many industrial applications as well as in the education sector. RS is a key link in the supply chain of this remarkable success story of 10 million boards sold, this is a very proud moment for all of us.”
Chris Breslin, Chief Product Officer at element14 commented: “This has been an incredible journey. The Raspberry Pi began as something special for the education and maker market. Now, the Raspberry Pi has been embraced by industry and element14 has a successful customisation programme focused on this market.”
Claire Doyle, Global Head of Raspberry Pi for element14 added: “We’re delighted to be celebrating another major milestone with our friends at the Raspberry Pi Foundation, so soon after Raspberry Pi’s fourth Birthday and the launch of the Pi3 Model B in February. “
“As the leading manufacturer and distributor of the Raspberry Pi, element14 have manufactured and sold over 6.5 million Raspberry Pi boards and millions more accessories. We are thrilled to see this amazing product get into the hands of more and more customers worldwide.”